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Excel 401(k) is proud to partner with some of the best companies in the industry, all working to help financial advisors build their practices.

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At CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, it is our mission to recognize the powerful human story of the service and accomplishments of hard-working Americans, and help them meet their challenge in achieving a secure retirement. To do this, we provide an array of practical retirement solutions — that deliver the personal attention, customer-focused resources — and guidance needed to help real people save for the future and live retirement on their terms. We offer the recordkeeping and plan administration services you need to simplify plan management and help ensure participants’ success. This includes plan design, plan conversion, investment management, compliance testing, reporting, legislative updates, distribution services, audit and fiduciary support, and plan health reports. At the center of our outcome-focused approach is our comprehensive educational platform. Because when it comes to adequately saving for the future, plan participants either get it right or they don’t. That’s why we equip them with the right knowledge and tools to help them set and stay on target with their goals.

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Stadion Money Management is a privately owned money management firm based near Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1993, we help investors - through their advisors or company retirement plans - protect and grow their "serious money." That is, the money that absolutely must be there for the important long-term goals like retirement, education, and future family legacy. Our investment philosophy is the main differentiator of our service. We've designed our strategies to attempt to help investors achieve their long-term financial goals through market-like returns with less volatility, providing a smoother ride along the way. Stadion offers proprietary mutual funds, separate account management services, and active money management for retirement accounts.

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The Pentegra name was derived from the words pension + integrity. Integrity is at the foundation of everything we do. Since its beginning more than 70 years ago, Pentegra has been a company that defines itself more by its values than a particular product or service. We’ve built our business by doing what we do the right way. By putting participants first. By accepting fiduciary responsibility and legal accountability for our work. By correctly representing what we do, what we don’t do, and how much we get paid. By following the rules, no matter how complex. These values serve as the foundation of Pentegra’s culture, character and brand. Responsibility for successful retirement plan outcomes—for our clients, their participants and our partners—is one that we take seriously. Integrity in all we do. That’s an advantage.

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INVEST WITH CONFIDENCE®  T. Rowe Price is an asset management firm focused on delivering global investment management excellence and retirement services that investors can rely on—now, and over the long term. We provide an array of commingled funds, subadvisory services, separate account management, retirement recordkeeping, and related services for individuals, advisors, institutions, and/or retirement plan sponsors. Our intellectual rigor helps us seek the best ideas for our clients, our integrity ensures that we always put their interests first, and our stability lets us stay focused on their goals as we pursue better investment outcomes. As of June 30, 2016, T. Rowe Price has more than USD $776 billion in assets under management and serves clients in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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Gold Partners

American Funds: Invest for Long-Term Success

 

Since 1931, American Funds has helped investors pursue long-term investment success. Our consistent approach, in combination with The Capital System, has resulted in a proven long-term track record. With a commitment to low fees and exceptional service, American Funds has helped investors meet their financial needs, including saving for and living in retirement.

For nearly 60 years, Ameritas has been helping businesses offer retirement plans that can help strengthen the financial futures of their employees. Making saving for retirement convenient and simple is just one of the ways Ameritas is ""fulfilling life"" and making life better for those we serve.

 

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Investing can be truly transformative when done with investors’ active engagement and by partnering with the right financial provider. It turns earners into owners, unlocking the potential for growth that stock ownership provides. Our belief in the power of investing is a perspective that's influenced our company from the beginning and creates a powerful bond between us and the investors, employers and advisors we serve.

Fiduciary Benchmarks (FBi) serves as an independent, comprehensive and informative benchmarking service that helps service providers and the plan sponsors they serve fulfill their duties under ERISA. FBi believes that fees must always be weighed against Quality-Services-Value and if done properly the process can produce a win-win-win scenario for Service Providers, Plan Sponsors and Participants.

HealthSavings thrives in the top 1% of HSA companies nationwide. We offer first dollar investment options in high quality, low cost mutual funds. Begin investing in your healthy future at HealthSavings.com or call (888) 354-0697.

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J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world's most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. The Firm and its Foundation give approximately US$200 million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world. We also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing our many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.

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John Hancock has helped individuals and institutions build and protect wealth since 1862. Today, we are one of the strongest and most-recognized financial brands. We serve investors globally through a unique multimanager approach: We search the world to find proven portfolio teams with specialized expertise for every strategy we offer, then we apply robust investment oversight to ensure they continue to meet our uncompromising standards and serve the best interests of our shareholders. Our approach to asset management has led to a diverse set of investments deeply rooted in investor needs, along with strong risk-adjusted returns across asset classes.

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Kravitz is the nation's leader in designing and administering tax-efficient Cash Balance retirement plans. We proudly partner with financial advisors across the country, helping them grow their retirement plan practices with Cash Balance plans. Founded in 1977, we designed our first Cash Balance plan in 1989, quickly gained national renown, and currently serve more than 1,300 firms from coast to coast. Our unique service model combined with innovative design and expert plan administration turns our clients into raving fans. Our 11 staff actuaries and many other team members pursuing actuarial designation provide Kravitz with a unique roster of skill, creativity and expertise. Kravitz headquarters are located in Los Angeles, with regional offices in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, and satellite offices in 9 other cities. We serve clients in all 50 states.

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Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. (Mesirow), is a Chicago-based diversified financial services firm with approximately 1,200 employees and global reach, resources and capabilities. The firm was founded in 1937 when Norman Mesirow purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Mesirow Financial’s Investment Management Division has $31.2 billion in assets under management, and an additional $65.6 billion in currency risk management assets as of December 31, 2015.

Mutual of Omaha has been in business for more than a century, providing dependable, affordable products and services that help our customers through life’s transitions. Through a dedicated network of financial advisors and insurance agents/producers, Mutual of Omaha offers insurance and financial products to individuals, families and employers.

Since 1983, PAi has helped financial advisors grow their retirement plan revenue and client base. With $4.4 billion in assets under administration, we offer fully bundled 401(k) services including record keeping and administration with two solutions:

 

CoPilot, a participant outcome-based service offering:

- Faster sales cycles than open architecture plans

- Online enrollment

- Quick installs

- Fiduciary services with model allocations from national 3(38) providers

 

Open Architecture, our low cost, flexible service; any publicly traded investment through Broadridge/Matrix is available for your customers. This solution works with commission and fee-based advisors and provides level compensation for commission based plans.

Since 2002, The 401k Coach Program has been developing curriculum for retirement plan professionals to build and refine their practice. We organize our sessions to actively engage and energize you. At most conferences and seminars someone stands in front of the room and presents to you with little or no connection. Not at The 401k Coach Program. Our unique and motivational learning environment provides the opportunity for you to create and practice new concepts and strategies while networking and exchanging ideas with your peers.

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Trust Builders, Inc. proudly helps advisors provide retirement readiness reports to their clients. With 401(k) plans, census data can be imported into TRAK and easy-to-understand personalized gap reports can be created for each participant. These reports engage the participants, and move them to increase deferrals and discuss outside assets.  TRAK also allows for easily moving to one-on-one meetings with participants and illustrating assets outside the plan. The results are both dramatic increases in contributions and rolling outside assets into the plan. Since 1986, Trust Builders, Inc. has been helping advisors. Our flagship product includes over 20 illustration tools, including Retirement Needs Analysis (and can illustrate cash flow from over 650 public pension plans), Strategic Social Security, Paycheck Analysis, Stretch IRA, Roth Conversion, and many other tools. Innovative retirement readiness tools since 1986.

Unified Trust, a nationally chartered trust company, is one of only a few discretionary trustees in the country today. We were founded by Dr. Gregory Kasten over 30 years ago and have operated as a fiduciary since the beginning.  Unified Trust was among the first globally to complete the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) certification process and was the first trust company certified for fiduciary best practices.  Our focus has always been and will always be to act in the best interest of the participant and to do whatever possible to help them achieve their financial dreams.

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Silver Partners

Center for Fiduciary Management (CFFM) specializes in providing the retirement plan industry with investment monitoring services through its toolset FirmPlus, and providing online Retirement Service Provider RFP services through its toolset RFP Director.

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Built on Abraham Lincoln’s ideals of courage, strength and optimism, Lincoln Financial Group has been a proven provider of retirement solutions for over 60 years, managing thousands of retirement plans that enroll millions of participants in organizations of all sizes in the small-business, corporate, healthcare, education and nonprofit sectors. As thought leaders, we are committed to offering our partners a broad array of retirement plan solutions to meet their needs. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $219 billion as of December 31, 2015.

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At New York Life & MainStay Investments, we believe our distinct attributes provide a competitive advantage and made us a premier provider of mutual funds. With our multi-boutique structure, investors can access highly specialized institutional asset managers through MainStay Funds, exchange-traded funds, closed end funds, alternative strategies, and separately managed accounts. We also provide investment insights, perspectives, and wealth-building and wealth-preservation educational tools.

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Securian Financial Group and its affiliates provide financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. We have been offering qualified retirement plans since 1930 and back those services with strong financials and a focus on clients’ best interests. Flexibility, expertise and unique solutions delivered by long tenured specialists that truly care about their clients are standard components of our program. Our approach includes extensive administrative outsourcing and industry leading fee levelization provided under open architecture and 3(21) platforms. We provide bundled and unbundled service platforms to clients of all sizes, with a focus on those with $1 to $200 million of plan assets.

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At State Street Global Advisors, our mission is clear: we believe investing responsibly enables economic prosperity and social progress. At State Street Global Advisors, we’ve always focused on Responsible Innovation that benefits investors and the world. We actively engage with companies on a range of important governance and sustainability issues to ensure our portfolios are appropriately focused on long-term value creation. With offices in nearly every corner of the world, our scale and global reach offer clients unrivaled access to markets, geographies and asset classes. We partner with the world’s largest, most sophisticated investors and financial intermediaries to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven investment process.

The TD Ameritrade Retirement Plan, provided by TD Ameritrade Trust Company, offers a robust retirement plan solution.  It brings together the unique retirement plan and custodial experience of TD Ameritrade Trust Company, responsive and reliable recordkeeping, participant tools and education, the experienced brokerage services of TD Ameritrade, Inc., and TD Ameritrade Institutional’s focus on supporting RIAs.  It combines the best qualities of bundled and unbundled solutions, delivering everything you need in one place: a vast range of investment options and full-service recordkeeping, custody, and administration – all under a trusted and established brand.

Take a firsthand look at what it means to work with The Standard and how our employees go above and beyond to help you reach your goals. Whether that’s meeting you where you are at, answering questions and problem solving, or the way we personally connect and support you, you can be assured that we will be there with you every step of the way. We proudly take our commitment to our customers seriously and compassionately. See why our promise to you means everything to us at www.thestandard.com

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Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies with more than $4 trillion in assets under management.* Vanguard’s unique corporate ownership structure ensures a consistent focus on our clients. Most investment firms are either publicly traded or owned by private investors. Vanguard is different: We're owned by the Vanguard funds, which, in turn, are owned by their shareholders. Both Vanguard and the funds share the mission of helping Vanguard fund shareholders achieve their financial goals. With no other parties to answer to and therefore no conflicting loyalties, we make decisions to keep investing costs as low as possible.

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Exhibitors

401(k) Marketing is a boutique marketing agency specific to the retirement plan industry.  We work with industry leaders to professionalize their marketing resources including brochures, pitchdecks, institutional service calendars, and other plan sponsor-facing collateral.  Also, from a tactical marketing perspective, we write, design, and coordinate on-going awareness campaigns. They do this by educating plan sponsors, centers of influence, and the professional community through modern marketing practices such as thought-leadership blog articles, case studies, social media, value-add webinars, infographics, press, and other effective marketing campaigns. Ultimately, we work to professionalize, spotlight, and highlight our clients as the ‘go-to’ professional retirement plan teams within their target market.

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Acceleration Retirement provides sales, marketing, analytical, and process expertise to retirement plan advisors and plan providers. We accelerate growth, reduce cost, and expand revenue for existing clients. We have made careers out of helping industry professionals optimize their business strategies and hit sales goals. The core of our team were key players in developing the data, analytics, process, marketing, technology, lead generation, and sales approach that fueled Fidelity Investments retirement plan sales engine over a 15 year period. We recognized that the future of the industry was in the hands of the advisor.  We believed then, and still today that advisors deserve access to better practice management, data, marketing and opportunity generation services than what was available. We continue to see that industry related providers, payroll companies, banks, and TPA’s are constantly facing an environment that changes and becomes more competitive annually. These companies need more efficient systems, access to better data, analytics, process, and outsourcing opportunities than are currently available. Acceleration Retirement was formed to change the way the retirement industry sells, markets and services.

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ADP provides recordkeeping services for a wide range of retirement plan types to meet the needs of small-, mid- and large-sized companies. The quality and experience of our dedicated service teams, plus our innovative technology, deliver a client experience that makes plan administration easy.

Trust is everything at American Trust. Generations of families and businesses trust us to be here when we’re needed.  American Trust literally was built by families to serve families. Through the decades the Schrup family has made it their highest priority to lend money to families and businesses to help them achieve their goals for success.

Betterment for Business is a 401(k) service built from the ground up with the needs of the modern employee in mind.  It is selected by progressive employers who want to help provide their employees with better retirement outcomes and tailored, independent and actionable financial advice.

BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm*. Our business is investing on behalf of our clients — from large institutions to parents and grandparents, teachers, nurses, doctors and people from all walks of life who entrust their savings to us.

Legg Mason combines its passion for championing the long-term goals of individual and institutional investors with the distinct expertise of nine principal investment firms. Through ongoing product innovation and steadfast client service, we’ve become a world leader in asset management.

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Morley Capital Management was founded in 1982. Since then, we have focused almost exclusively on managing capital preservation assets for our institutional clients. As of March 31, 2017, we manage over $17 billion in assets. We are a leader in advising stable value and fixed income collective investment trusts (CITs); our stable value CITs are available direct to plan sponsors as well as on over 30 platforms. We also customize portfolios for plan sponsors with large balances looking for tailored solutions. Our mission is to design and construct capital preservation strategies to help investors achieve retirement and income goals.

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Natixis Global Asset Management serves thoughtful investment professionals with more insightful ways to understand and manage risk. Through our Durable Portfolio Construction® approach, we help them construct more strategic portfolios that seek to produce better outcomes in today’s unpredictable markets. We draw from deep investor and industry insights and partner closely with our clients to put objective data behind the discussion. Natixis is ranked among the world’s largest asset management firms. Uniting over 20 specialized investment managers globally ($874.5 billion AUM), we bring a diverse range of solutions tailored to meet every strategic challenge. From insight to action, Natixis helps our clients better serve their own with more durable portfolios.

Neuberger Berman was founded in 1939 to do one thing: deliver compelling investment results for our clients over the long term. This remains our singular purpose today, driven by a culture rooted in deep fundamental research, the pursuit of investment insight and continuous innovation on behalf of clients, and facilitated by the free exchange of ideas across the organization.

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Pershing, a BNY Mellon company and affiliates provide global financial business solutions to 1,500 clients. A financial services leader, we provide global insights into trends, regulatory changes and best practices. Pershing provides retirement plan solutions that help create a competitive advantage for our clients. Pershing LLC, member FINRA/NYSE/SIPC.

We're Plan Design Consultants, Inc. a retirement company that since 1975 has been providing businesses with affordable, quality plans customized to meet the specific needs of our clients. Over four decades in the business has given PDC the experiences we need to evolve our service model to what it is today.  A smart, easy process centered on the needs of our clients.  A service model designed to be AWESOME!

Principal Global Investors leads global asset management at Principal®. As a multi-boutique firm, we bring a focused perspective and offer expertise across a host of asset classes: fixed income, equities, real estate, asset allocation, target-date, target-risk, currency, stable value, and other investment strategies.

At our core, we’re driven by our purpose to help investors and businesses achieve their financial goals.  We deliver investment solutions for public and private pension funds, foundations, endowments, central banks, insurance companies, sub-advisory arrangements, sovereign wealth funds, and individual portfolios.

We manage $US411.1* billion on behalf of a broad range of investors from over 70 countries

Redhawk Wealth Advisors, Inc. is a national RIA working with advisors throughout the US.  Financial advisors look to Redhawk to serve as an ERISA 3(21) or 3(38) investment fiduciary for retirement plans.  Redhawk’s primary focus is to create, grow, and manage wealth through a broad range of financial products and services that promotes the economic well-being of our select group

of clients and advisors.

 

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Security Benefit helps you to and through retirement with some of the industry's most competitive retirement products. Our network of independent financial professionals provides customized retirement savings and income solutions for individuals and employers using our full range of innovative products and services.  We encourage you to learn more about our products, our business and our values.

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Tech Partners

Judy Diamond Associates is a data technology platform that delivers revenue-driving, information services and analysis tools for the retirement and employee benefits industry. The insight gained from our data is essential to lead generation and competitive positioning for sales, marketing and product development professionals in the financial and group healthcare sectors.We use time-tested data management processes to ensure all of the information found in our products meets the industry’s most rigorous standards for accuracy and completeness. Our relentless focus on quality has made us the provider of choice for top producers nationwide. We look forward to helping you improve your market position.

QBOX provides ERISA 3(38) Investment Fiduciary services in partnership with financial advisors.  Producing a sound fiduciary process for qualified plan clients.

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